Won’t be vindictive against Hasina: Khaleda Zia

Won’t be vindictive against Hasina: Khaleda Zia

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Dhaka – BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday reiterated that she has forgiven her arch rival and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina despite latter’s vengeful behaviour to her and assured that she would not behave vengefully towards Hasina.“I have already made it clear that despite Sheikh Hasina’s continuous indecent remarks and vengeful behaviour to me and other members of my family including Ziaur Rahman, I personally forgive her. I will not behave vengefully towards her,” she said in her unfinished self-defence statement in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases for the fourth day.
The court comprising special Judge Dr Akhteruzzaman rejected Khaleda’s appeal for permanent bail for her and fixed November 16 for next hearing. The former premier will enjoy bail till the next hearing, said the special court set up at Alia Madrasah ground in the city.
During her one and half an hour long statement, Khaleda urged the court to ensure justice in accordance with the law with courage and honesty and staying free from the influence of the government.
“A verdict will be given against us in line with the willingness of the ruling quarter. But I want to believe that you (judge) will ensure justice for us in accordance with law imbued with courage and honesty and keeping free from the influence of the ruling quarter,” she told the court.
She said though it is claimed that country’s judiciary is totally independent but the recent examples frequently question the claim.
The credibility of the claim will also be understood to some extent in the present case. It will be proved whether the judges can conduct the trials freely, consciously and in accordance with the law, she said.
Earlier, after the appearance of Khaleda before the court at about 11:38 am her counsel Moudud Ahmed urged the court to review their appeal for permanent bail for the former premier.
“I am serving in this (law) profession for about 50 years but I never heard that one should take bail and appear before the court on weekly basis,” he argued.
Moudud mentioned that Khaleda was given weekly basis bail but as an elderly woman she should be granted permanent bail.
Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, the lawyer of Anti-Corruption Commission, opposed the permanent bail saying that both the cases are non-bail able and they have an objection to giving her permanent bail.
After the conclusion of the hearing of the day, the court rejected the appeal for permanent bail for Khaleda and granted bail for her till November 16.
Referring to different examples of trials against veteran politicians she said even “late Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, an influential architect of the national history,” was sentenced in a corruption case. Besides, national leaders like Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy and Oli Ahad were also sentenced.
Khaleda also mentioned that poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Shawkat Ali, Mohammed Ali, Netaji Subhas Chardra Bose, Chittaranjan Das, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Bertrand Russell, Benigno Aquino, Imam Abu Hanifa, and Socrates had to face trial on some excuses or showing laws.
Are the world people accepted the trials as justice? Are the trials were sustainable in the history? she questioned saying that the world humanity and history gave them due honour to those were given sentence.
The history says that those who had given verdicts accusing innocent people were the real criminals, she added.
The former premier referred to different anomalies, corruption and laundering crores of Taka during the last 10 years when the BNP is outside the power and claimed that the ACC did not file any single case against the scandal.
There is no any sector where there is no corruption and plundering of money but the campaign is carried out and a case is being filed against us. Who are plundering the wealth of the country and who are being harassed by implicating them in cases? She questioned.
She also questioned as to how much money the government could realize by searching money laundering cases across the world but all know the allegations against them of misappropriating hundreds and thousands crore of Taka.
Referring to the last caretaker government’s tenure, she told the court that she did not compromise with the interim administration. She alleged that the Awami League won office by secretly joining hands with the interim government.
“We accepted the result for the sake of the Constitution and democracy and had spoken about assisting the government,” she said. “Everyone knows how they behaved.”
Khaleda steadily read out her statement as the judge wrote it down for the record. At one stage the judge changed his pen and gave four minutes break for Ajan, the prayer call.
Later, Barrister Moudud told reporters that he never heard that bail is given on weekly basis. We urged that court to review its order in this regard and provide Khaleda with a permanent bail but the court did not grant our appeal, he said.
He termed Khaleda long statement a political and analytical one saying that it is being given for record. Her statement will continue further.
ACC lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal said Khaleda has so far made a 92-page statement what he said political and family affairs.
“We cannot reply to the statement since the statement is not related to the cases,” said Khaleda who left the court at about 1:40 pm.
Meanwhile, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday rejected the leave to appeal filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking a fresh recording of deposition of 11 witnesses of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
A five-member bench led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order. Earlier on Monday, the SC concluded the hearing and set Thursday for delivering the verdict.
ACC filed a case against four people including Khaleda Zia with Tejgaon Police Station on August 8, 2010for illegally transaction of Tk 1.15 crore in the name of Zia Charitable Trust.
The ACC another case against six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique Rahman with Ramna Police Station on July 3, 2008, for allegedly misappropriating of Tk 2.10 crore. – Staff Reporter

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